Welfare Reform at Fifteen: Is it Working?
Presented in conjunction with the Wagner Policy Alliance, and the Poverty Discussion Group

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, more commonly known as TANF. He famously declared that this act would “end welfare as we know it.” Fifteen years later the debate continues...has welfare reform lived up to its promise?

Join us for a keynote presentation and panel discussion surrounding the 15th Anniversary of Welfare Reform. We will take a look at the landmark legislation of the past, present, and future to consider: How this legislation has affected low-income families and how welfare has evolved since then? Is TANF enough given soaring unemployment rates and the deep recession? And with a major presidential election right around the corner, what is the future of this program?

Join us for this keynote presentation and lively discussion on the ever important and controversial issue of welfare reform.

Keynote Speaker:
Robert Doar, Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration

Panelists:
Robert Doar, Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration
Lawrence M. Mead, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, New York University
Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Sociology, City University of New York
Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Moderator:
Caitlyn Brazill, Director of Policy and Communications, NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy